Wrong Is Right

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Wrong Is Right
Wrong is right.jpg
original movie poster
Directed by Richard Brooks
Produced by Richard Brooks
Andrew Fogelson
George Grenville
Screenplay by Richard Brooks
Based on The Better Angels 
by Charles McCarry
Starring Sean Connery
Music by Artie Kane
Cinematography Fred J. Koenekamp
Edited by George Grenville
Distributed by Columbia Pictures
Release date(s)
  • May 14, 1982 (1982-05-14)
Running time 117 min.
Country United States
Language English
Box office $3,583,513 (Dom.)[1]

Wrong Is Right is a 1982 thriller film directed by Richard Brooks from his own script based on Charles McCarry's novel The Better Angels. The film, starring Sean Connery as TV news reporter Patrick Hale, is about the theft of two suitcase nukes, and deals with media bias, reality television, government conspiracy, and Islamic terrorism.


In the near future, violence has become something of a national sport and television news has fallen to tabloid depths. Patrick Hale (Sean Connery), a globe-trotting reporter with access to a staggering array of world leaders, has ventured to the Arab country of Hegreb to interview his old acquaintance, King Ibn Awad (Ron Moody).

Awad has learned that the President of the United States (George Grizzard) may have issued orders for his removal; as a result, Awad is apparently making arrangements to deliver two suitcase nukes to a terrorist, with the intention of detonating them in Israel and the United States, unless the President resigns.

In the intricate plot that unfolds, nothing is quite the way it seems, and Hale finds himself caught between political leaders, revolutionaries, CIA agents and other figures, trying to get to the bottom of it all.



Many reviews found the plot implausible. British reviews castigated the film for its distributor's attempt to tie it in with James Bond in its advertising scheme and retitling of the film, The Man with the Deadly Lens. In France, where the film was called Meurtres en direct, it was compared negatively to Bertrand Tavernier's La Mort en direct, as did Stanley Kauffmann of The New Republic.

The New York Daily News emerged as a champion for the film, Liz Smith calling it "a sleeper not to miss" prior to its release, and Rex Reed and Kathleen Carroll giving it four and three-and-a-half star reviews published a day apart.


Rosalind Cash was nominated for an Image Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture.


  1. ^ "Wrong is right". boxofficemojo.com. Retrieved December 15, 2007. 

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